• Engineers Week Interview: Nikki Quinn

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    Engineers Week is a time to celebrate the role that engineers play in our society. This year, we interviewed with Nikki Quinn, one of many engineers on our team that is pushing the boundaries of RF and microwave performance each and every day. Read on to learn more about the importance of Engineers Week, Nikki, and the work she does to define and deliver the future of mission-critical electronics.

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    Pictured: Nikki Quinn, Embedded Hardware Design Engineer at Quantic Wenzel

    What made you want to become an engineer?

    As a kid surrounded by engineers in my family, my journey into the field felt like a natural move for me. Our garage was a playground for building computers, trying out woodworking, and experimenting with science projects. I learned how to solder in my garage. My parents, both amazing engineers, didn’t just teach me skills; they sparked a fire for problem-solving. They really inspired me to pursue a career in engineering and I’m so thankful for their guidance.

    What is your proudest professional achievement?

    Joining the incredible team at Quantic Wenzel and being actively involved in space applications. It’s not just about a single achievement but the ongoing opportunity to be part of something meaningful, pushing boundaries, and playing a role in shaping the future of space communications and exploration. Every day feels like a step towards making a real impact, and that, to me, is a source of immense pride.

    Outside of work or education, have you put your engineering expertise to use in an activity or volunteer effort helping others interested in engineering?

    During my time at The University of Texas-Dallas School of Engineering, I served as the IEEE Vice-President, driven by a passion to be a positive influence in the student community. I helped stand up the on-campus IEEE tutoring center, which continues to service students in their pursuit of knowledge in engineering today. It was an incredibly rewarding experience and I know the tutoring center has helped build up students’ confidence and provide a supportive community for aspiring engineers.

    Why is Engineers Week important to you?

    Engineers Week is special to me because it’s a celebration of fearless engineering, where we take on challenges with confidence. It’s not just about technicalities; it’s about building a future that feels tangible. Knowing our work at Quantic Wenzel contributes to something bigger, helping our customers overcome “impossible” challenges in RF and microwave is incredibly motivating. This week should remind us that we’re not just problem-solvers; we’re shaping a future we can be proud of. It’s about the people, the innovation, and the collective commitment to making a real impact. Engineers Week is a chance to celebrate the heart and soul we put into creating a better tomorrow.

    What advice would you give to young people who are thinking about becoming engineers?

    First and foremost, follow what you love, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Keep your eyes on the big dreams in engineering that you have. Oh, and soak in different perspectives along the way – it’s like magic for reaching your goals. For a strong start, join clubs like robotics or programming. While educational, it’s also a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with awesome like-minded people. Stay curious, try new things, and remember, engineering is about teamwork, creativity, and leaving your mark on the world. Enjoy the ride, ups and downs, and never stop chasing your dreams.

    What are some of the future career opportunities at Quantic Wenzel you foresee for individuals with engineering degrees?

    As a growing company we’re constantly seeking bright minds to join our engineering team. If you are passionate about mission-critical commercial, space, or defense applications, your engineering skills will find a home here. With our frequency control and timing products, the future at Quantic Wenzel holds exciting prospects for those keen on making a real impact in future technologies. We’re located in Austin, Texas too! It is such a wonderful city to live, work, and play. Keep an eye on our careers page to see the engineering roles we’re hiring for.

    In parting, is there anything you would like to say about being an engineer or your experience as an engineer at Quantic Wenzel?

    Being an engineer, taking on challenges, coming up with ideas, and delivering innovative solutions to overcome them is my purpose in life. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else! The experience at Quantic Wenzel has been nothing short of amazing. But what truly makes this company special is the people—the collaboration, the shared passion for innovation, and the constant support for learning and development. It’s like being part of a big, ambitious family where every day brings new challenges to tackle and opportunities to make a difference.

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